Agent Provocateur

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All Music Guide - Bret Adams
It took Foreigner three years to release a follow-up to its 1981 blockbuster, 4. Perhaps that wait wasn't long enough, because Agent Provocateur is a prime example of the best and worst traits of AOR: a handful of remarkable songs padded by toothless filler. Despite contributing a few killer riffs to Foreigner's '70s canon, guitarist/keyboardist Mick Jones isn't known for his six-string abilities. His biggest strength is his knack for melody as a songwriter, keyboardist, and producer, and all these qualities are evident on Agent Provocateur. Of course, vocalist/songwriter Lou Gramm is indispensable as the band's golden-throated frontman. Jones largely guided things behind ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bret Adams
It took Foreigner three years to release a follow-up to its 1981 blockbuster, 4. Perhaps that wait wasn't long enough, because Agent Provocateur is a prime example of the best and worst traits of AOR: a handful of remarkable songs padded by toothless filler. Despite contributing a few killer riffs to Foreigner's '70s canon, guitarist/keyboardist Mick Jones isn't known for his six-string abilities. His biggest strength is his knack for melody as a songwriter, keyboardist, and producer, and all these qualities are evident on Agent Provocateur. Of course, vocalist/songwriter Lou Gramm is indispensable as the band's golden-throated frontman. Jones largely guided things behind the studio console, but a co-producer usually helped, such as Alex Sadkin on this album. "I Want to Know What Love Is" became Foreigner's first and only number one single, and it's not hard to see why. Its dreamy, hypnotic feel is due in part to Gramm's soulful lead vocals and the New Jersey Mass Choir's background vocals. Jennifer Holliday and the Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey help out as well. "That Was Yesterday," a terrific hit single, features a catchy chorus and a nifty synthesizer lick. "Reaction to Action" and "Down on Love" were both minor hits, but there's a huge difference in quality between the two; the former is the epitome of bland, formulaic AOR, while the latter includes a pleasant chorus and a warm keyboard melody. "A Love in Vain" and "Growing Up the Hard Way" have a few good moments too.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/1995
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678279621
  • Catalog Number: 82796
  • Sales rank: 51,916

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Foreigner Primary Artist
Wally Badarou Synthesizer, Analogue Synthesizer
Lou Gramm Percussion, Vocals
Jennifer Holliday Vocals
Mick Jones Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Multi Instruments
Ian Lloyd Vocals, Background Vocals
New Jersey Mass Choir of the GMWA Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Tom Bailey Vocals
Brian Eddolls Synthesizer
Dennis Elliott Drums, Vocals
Larry Fast Synthesizer
Don Harper Vocals
Dave Lebolt Synthesizer
Bob Mayo Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Mark Rivera Saxophone, Vocals, Background Vocals
Jack Waldman Synthesizer
Rick Wills Bass, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Wally Badarou Digital Synthesizer
Lou Gramm Composer
Jennifer Holliday Contributor
Mick Jones Composer, Producer
Josh Abbey Engineer
Larry Alexander Engineer
Tom Bailey Contributor
Joe Ferla Engineer
Frank Filipetti Engineer, Contributor
Don Harper Contributor
Howie Lindeman Engineer
Gordon Payne Composer
Alex Sadkin Producer
Bob Defrin Art Direction
Don White Composer
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